NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is reminding donors in Belper of the continued need for blood in local hospitals and urging donors to keep their appointments.
NHSBT has noticed an increase in donors not turning up for their appointments and are asking those who have booked a slot to keep it, or if they can’t attend then let us know so the appointment can be freed up for someone else.
Over the summer blood stocks can dip due to people not turning up for appointments or going away on holiday. At this time of year we are particularly appealing to donors in Belper to keep their appointments. Donors who haven’t already booked, but are able to, then please do so now.
Blood Donor sessions are being held in the toen on Sunday, September 28, at the Leisure Centre, Kilbourne Road, from 9:45am to 12:45pm and 2pm to 3:45pm.
Holly Mason, Lead Donor Relations Manager for NHSBT, said: “We realise that people have busy schedules over the summer when the schools break up and families go away on holiday. It can be easy to forget about appointments to donate blood, but we are asking you to attend if at all possible and if you can’t come then please let us know. We need to collect 940 units of blood every week to help patients in Derbyshire hospitals, so if you can’t keep your appointment then we need to make sure we can offer it up to someone else.”
Every day 7,000 units of blood are needed to treat patients in hospitals across England and North Wales for help with cancer treatment or blood disorders, accident and emergency situations, problems in childbirth or those going in for general surgery.
Anyone aged over 17, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12 lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. For details of sessions in your area or to book an appointment call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.